Couture designer Todd Reed is well known for his stunning, "Raw Elegance" creations. Within our community, he is perhaps equally well known for his curly head of hair, his love of all things beautiful, and his passion for Boulder, Colorado, where he has an impressive studio and showroom on Pearl Street. When we asked Todd if he could give us a photo tour of Boulder, he was happy to oblige! Below, get a first-hand taste of Boulder as Todd takes us on a personal photo tour of his town.
The below picture was taken at an art exhibit at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. The artist is Viviane Le Courtois. Here you were given a small ceramic mug to drink tea out of, and then you were able to throw your cup at the wall, which created this.
Pedal to Properties is a cool business on Pearl Street. If you're interested in renting or buying property, a real estate agent will take you around Boulder on a bicycle.
Dish Gourmet is a sandwich shop right across the street from the Todd Reed offices that I often have lunch at. They have an amazing variety of delicious sandwiches.
Aside from being a glitzy Hollywood jewelry designer and rubbing elbows with glamorous celebrities, Erica Courtney is also a regular mother and grandmother (she's still trying to get used to being called a granny!). Along with her love for jewelry designing, her other life passions include: her family, baking and, her newest obsession, babysitting her grandbaby Brooklyn. In her own words, Erica shares with us her love of baking:
I absolutely LOVE to bake---it’s so therapeutic. I decided that my next baking project was going to be a vanilla pound cake for my company staff. I wanted to steer clear of chocolate per the request of my assistant, Holly, who is allergic to all things chocolate. With my trusty hot pink KitchenAid mixer, I attempted to bake my first ever pound cake with REAL vanilla. How hard could it be, right? Surprisingly, there were some tricks to the trade but the end result, according to my staff, was deliciously successful! And for the chocolate lovers in the office, I even made a special chocolate butter spread for that extra sweet touch.
Designers in the Couture community are constantly on the road, connecting with their retailers and the people who love their jewelry through trunk shows and personal appearances. The below Tale from a Trunk Show comes from the beloved Paula Crevoshay, whose one-of-a-kind, highly collectable work appears in museums and fine jewelers across the globe. And for the record, yes, we asked who the actress featured in her story was, but Paula's lips are sealed!
Treasure Chest – A tale of trunk show hijinks
As told by Paula Crevoshay
A well run trunk show and artist’s appearance is always fun because it is a joy to share my art with an appreciative audience, and it is a delight to meet wonderful and interesting people with a passion for collecting. Sometimes though, something truly extraordinary and memorable happens that takes it over the top!
One day, just after setting up, a very famous young actress, known for her wit and talent as much as for her great beauty, rushed in and announced that she had seen the advertisement about my appearance and just had to meet me. It seems that she had spent the last month touring Europe with a friend that “just wouldn’t quit talking about Paula Crevoshay and showing off her amazingly beautiful jewelry.”
She spent a couple of hours in high spirits trying everything on and encouraging everyone else to do the same. We didn’t expect her to contribute any more to our usual festive atmosphere after she left, but she did. Some time later she knocked on the window to get the attention of the crowd, raised her shirt to flash her own marvelous treasure chest, winked, pointed to the Crevoshay jewels on her ears with a grin and scampered off!
As an Italian, Alberto Petochi's passion for food is a birthright. As the newphew of an aunt who has dedicated her life to continuing Italian culinary traditions through catering throughout Rome, teaching cooking classes to young women, and even publishing a small book of recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation, Alberto is obligated to love food--both cooking it and eating it! In our first installment of "In the Kitchen" Alberto Petochi from 1884 Collection shares with us his Aunt Paola Santi's (Zia Pilly to the family) recipe for Gemelli All'Arancia.
Ingredients (for 4 servings):
-1 pound of gemelli pasta (gemelli is Italian for twins; it is a short, cork-screw-shaped pasta made up of two thick strands twisted together)
-2 ruby red oranges
-7 ounces of heavy cream
-1 shot glass of whiskey
-Grated parmigiano reggiano
-Butter and salt
1. Squeeze the juice from the orange, pour it in a pan and make it thicken. Add the whiskey and the heavy cream. Continue to cook for about 20 minutes.
2. In the meantime cook the pasta in boiling water lightly salted.
When "al dente" strain the pasta and pour it in the pan with the sauce. Add one spoon of butter and cook in the pan on low fire. Pour generously the grated parmigiano and stir.
3. Plate in a bowl for serving, pour the grated parmigiano and garnish with a few slices of orange.
Serve and enjoy!!
(If you wanted the recipe in its original Italian, here you go!)
Ingredienti (per 4 persone):
320 g di gemelli
1 arancia tarocco rosso
200 ml di panna da cucina
1 bicchierino di whisky
1. Spremete il succo dell'arancia, versatelo in una padella e fatelo addensare. Aggiungete il whisky e la panna e proseguite la cottura per circa 20 minuti.
2. Nel frattempo fate lessare la pasta in acqua bollente leggermente salata. Scolatela al dente, raccoglietela nella padella della salso, aggiungete una noce di burro e padellate. Spolverizzate con abbondante parmigiano, guarnite con una fettina di arancia e servite.
Designers in the Couture community are constantly inspired to create. Some are inspired by architecture, others by travel, art, nature....designer Kuki Seth of Parulina translated the music and cord progression of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody into color in her new Bohemian Rhapsody collection. Moved by the lead singer's colorful existence, multi-colored diamonds and large sapphires capture the vibrant life force that defined Freddie Mercury.
"Flamboyant, glitzy, zany, brilliant and gorgeous are some of the words to describe Freddie Mercury and this collection," explains Seth. "The collection is adorned with sapphires, champagne, milk-chocolate brown and colored rose cut diamonds."
Hot off the press! These one-of-a-kind "Jungle Patrol" earrings from the Bohemian Rhapsody collection are made with 18kt green gold, pink/green sapphire slices, green rosecut diamonds, peridot and green tourmalines...the stones are further enhanced by rosecut diamonds.
The Paladium Alliance created quite a stir when they hosted Kelly Osborne and Pamela Anderson for some meet-and-greets.
Kelly was so sweet, everyone said, and had a lot to say to the designers of the jewelry she admired. She's on the E! Fashion Police afterall so design and designers are her favorite things to talk about!
Pamela was fun, too, she had most people laughing during their photos.
The designers of Brazil, along with IBGM and ApexBrasil, will create an editor and retailer oasis on Friday, June 1st to offer a bit of rest and relaxation during the hectic day.
The host designers are:
Brumani - Booth 616
Carla Amorim – Booth 800
Mary Esses - DA13
Yael Sonia - Booth 416
Cleison Roche – DA23
Retailers and editors interested in learning more about Brazilian designers and visiting the oasis can contact Michelle Orman at email@example.com to get the details.
Couture Time is a carefully curated selection of some of the world’s finest timepieces. The brands here represent both accessible, well-made pieces as well as unique architectural watches made for the “uber-collector.”
The watch companies will be exhibiting on our salon floor as well as in our suites and villas. Retailers can make appointments to visit these brands by stopping by the Couture Time Appointment Desk in Alsace 2. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!